My most favourite episode of all time

I Think We Made a Big Mistake

Lemme just start off by saying 2010 was a great year in animated shows. Unreal great. Like, seriously.

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10?

To put this in perspective, about 2007-2009 wasn’t a stellar time for animated shows. The best one by far was Phineas and Ferb, and maybe … El Tigre (which had so much personality and life, but I haven’t seen since it aired so I can’t tell you how it holds up), but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff that lived up to the top contender.

Also important to remember is that in 2009, Cartoon Network briefly went insane and wanted to transition to more live-action shows or live-action/animation mixed like Out of Jimmy’s Head. None of these really held my attention, and it took airtime from the cartoons that could’ve come out.

We also could point out that Nickolodeon was well on its way to airing basically only Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents forever amen (as much as I love those shows).

Disney Channel hosted P&F, but other than that, pickings were getting slim.

So, realizing that, you’ve gotta understand how remarkable it is that we were getting so many good shows all at once again! It was unreal!

But it didn’t stop there, not even for a year.

2011 gave us families.

2012 gave us blends of story and comedy.

2013 gave us stellar characters in interstellar adventures (also the Mickey Mouse shorts, but that might not count).

2014 gave us surprises.

2015 gave us heart.

And this year? A return to form. What with the Loud House finally breaking Nickelodeon’s streak of poor nicktoons, Voltron keeping the action cartoon alive from the Avatar team we love, and the upcoming Milo Murphy’s Law from the creators of Phineas and Ferb.

There’s also shows like Mighty Magiswords and Long Live the Royals on the way that could just as easily make this list.

So the question remains. What the hell happened in 2010?

Well, I don’t know what caused all this, but I’ll tell you what happened.

Sym-Bionic Titan happened on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. And nobody told me.

When I stumbled on it way after the fact, I thought I remembered seeing something like that advertised when I was a kid. You know, early 2000s action show. I figured it got lost in the Beyblades, Ben 10s, and Yu-gi-Oh ripoffs, and I could at least make peace with that.

But then I find out this aired just a few years ago and I’m shit-pissed. aND MY OWN BEST FRIEND APPARENTLY WATCHED IT AND NEVER?? TOLD?? ME??

how dare you I instantly forgive you.

What I’m getting at is this is a high quality show. Really high quality.

The basic premise is summed up best here:

The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.

When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.

If that sounds great, it absolutely is. The characters are well-devloped, the story is front and center, there’s continuity between episodes– everything we’ve come to love in some of our modern favourites. So, my point is … why the hell was this left out of the cartoon revolution?

Well … honestly, I can’t figure it out. Advertising? Not enough cross-promotion in the daytime? Weak word of mouth? It’s certainly nothing the show did wrong.

Why Watch It?

Reason 1: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS A STORY

I’m not gonna spoil much more than the summary, but despite the fact that it takes place on Earth for the most part and focuses on week to week stories, the overall story is very much in the forefront at all times– and you know how rare that is even for shows that do story well.

Reason 2: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS GREAT CHARACTERS

I’ll let you discover them for yourself, it’s too much of a treat, but I’ll just say, you might fall in love. Again.

Oh, and Voltron fans?

We found their son.

Reason 3: This Guy

So, even if you’re too young for some of these, you might’ve heard something called Samuri Jack is getting a fifth season after 10 years … and it’s going to be on Adult Swim.

Yeah, it’s gonna be badass.

The important part to all this is that this dude does awesome design, awesome shows, and if you have respect for any of these properties, you know you’re in for a good time.

Which leads me to

Reason 4: The Animationjfsfksnfksafafsj

Between the lighting and the angular designs, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Is bootiful.

Watch the first few minutes there. You see what I mean, right?

Reason 5: It Deserved Better

We’ve championed so many great shows in the past few years, but for whatever reason, we missed one. A great one at that. If you have any love for the shows I listed, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Who knows? You might just find another favourite.

SHOW RECS

i have a lot of shows to recommend, so if anyone is interested, here are my fave shows in no order of preference

  • Sense8- brilliantly produced, intriguing script, beautiful representation, well rounded characters. this is my most recent watch, and it has had me in tears. the concept is so original and well-executed, it’s amazing
  • Riverdale- wow everyone in the show is a model or something, they all look ethereal. the show is refreshingly dark, with enough casual drama to balance out the plot
  • Mr Robot- i haven’t finished it, but it’s pretty boss. rami malek is prefect for his role, and the plot is pretty eccentric
  • Teen Wolf- one of my faves. season 6 wasn’t the best, but you can see considerable production and script development. also dylan o’brien is probably the most beautiful human
  • Game of Thrones- enough said. it is my all time favourite show, and one of the few shows i can rewatch without scrubbing an episode. production is bomb, the characters are gloriously flawed, and persevere despite them. every character introduced has a role of some significance. the character development of the women is amazing. also, dragons
  • Sherlock- my dudes, BBC Sherlock is an amazing show. the fanbase is completely demented, and i’m pretty sure most conspirasists emerge from here. mentally stimulating, and even though the recent season didn’t match up to the level of the first two, it’s pretty great
  • Doctor Who- a classic. humorous, random, space. light, family-friendly, and a great thing to watch if you need to brighten your mood. each episode has its element of mystery, and you can guarantee that there will be something new in each episode. the most recent season is so eccentric
  • Brooklyn 99- this is the only pure comedy that i thoroughly enjoy. genuinely hilarious, well scripted, original characters. the entire thing is so witty and well-thought, kudos mr samberg
My favourite Swedish podcasts

Podcasts are personally my absolute #1 learning resource. I do extensive listening (upper intermediate to advanced!) whenever I have to do one of my 20~30-minute walks. My main goal of doing this is to make understanding a foreign language a natural, effortless thing as well as finding holes in my vocabulary. Here is a list of my favourite podcasts in Swedish (that are still actively producing episodes)! I just turn on auto-download in my podcast app and consume them whenever I have time.

(Note: I’m linking to iTunes because it’s the most common way people get podcasts. I personally never use it, so rest assured you can get all of these elsewhere as well.)

  • P1 Dokumentär: half- to one-hour audio documentaries about social issues or personal stories / struggles in Sweden. Usually in the very standard “P1 Swedish”. Comes out irregularly but very frequently.
  • P3 Dokumentär: pretty much the same thing. I actually don’t know the difference between the nature of the two documentaries - I think this one is more current affairs-ish? Comes out weekly on Sundays.
  • Historiepodden: a long-running podcast with two dudes randomly chatting about historical and sometimes contemporary themes. Probably a good idea only if you’re interested in history - but ‘history’ here refers to a really wide range of events from ancient to recent history. One of them speaks in some sort of southern accent, which is good for training. Comes out weekly on Sundays, can be up to 1.5 hours long.
  • Allt du velat veta: as the name implies, it’s an hour-long podcast where experts in different fields teach you about really random topics from science to politics to Sherlock Holmes. As of the time of writing I’ve actually just discovered it through the latest episode about conlangs (of course), so I can’t make too much comments yet. Comes out weekly on Tuesdays.
  • Den svenska musikhistorien: my favourite, even though I just started listening! (What can I say, I’m a music student.) It’s relatively new podcast, each episode less than half an hour long, that discusses, well, Swedish music. It goes all the way from the Middle Ages to folk and pop; it’s currently still stuck in the 1800s though, having already surpassed the total planned number of episodes. Comes out mostly weekly on Wednesdays.
  • Fredagspodden: guilty pleasure?! I don’t even know why I used to listen to this myself - it’s simply girl’s chat for an hour, and I’m a dude…I was probably just looking for something that’s regularly released to listen to and couldn’t find anything better…anyway it’s released weekly on Fridays (as the name implies).

That’s it for now. I’ll update this if I find any gems, even though I think I’ve looked through many different podcasts. Or if you have a favourite, tell me as well! Happy listening and happy learning!

2

A lot of people have given Garnet grief for some perceived hypocrisy in the above screenshots.  Sure, Garnet says this now that she’s being lusted after by some creepy mailman, but back when Ruby and Sapphire first met all it took was chasing a frog and two minutes of singing for it to be twu wuv foreva.  And let’s not forget that Greg fell head over heels in love with Rose within five minutes of meeting her.

But Rose and Greg, in that respect, were redeemed in “We Need to Talk”.  That episode showed clearly that, while Greg and Rose may have become infatuated when they first met, it took real work and a lot of talking before they were able to form a proper relationship.  “The Answer” featured none of that, and a lot of viewers seemed to feel cheated.

I think that’s a bit unfair.  Partly because I think it was pretty clear that the events in “The Answer” took place over some time, maybe days, maybe weeks, but considering the lifespan of Gems it could easily have been months or years before Ruby and Sapphire decided to fuse again.  In addition, after “The Answer”, Ruby and Sapphire had five thousand fucking years to get to know each other and build a relationship.  And most of all, because Ruby and Sapphire did get their own version of “We Need to Talk”, and it was called “Keystone Motel”.

Okay, right off the bat, this is my favourite episode of “Steven Universe” so far, hands down.  Because I’ve seen some kids’ media handle similar themes as “We Need to Talk” (”Beauty and the Beast” is a great example); the themes of realising someone isn’t who you think they are, and that you’re falling in love with them.  Sometimes the characters start out infatuated, sometimes they start out hating or fearing each other, but by the end they’re in love.  It’s not an uncommon story.  But I don’t think I’ve seen any such stories touching on what we see in “Keystone Motel”.  

“Keystone Motel” is exactly what Garnet was talking about in the first two images; it’s about how a relationship takes fucking work.  

Ruby and Sapphire are an established couple.  They are committed, devoted, and deeply in love.  And they are fucking pissed at each other.  Ruby feels that her feelings are being ignored and devalued.  And Sapphire feels that she must put her own pain aside for the greater good, and can’t understand why Ruby can’t do the same.  Neither of them is wrong, but neither of them is right either. Their inability to reconcile these emotions are what leads to Garnet un-fusing.  So yes, the couple literally has a fight so furious that they separate.  And they both talk about how infuriating the other can be, and how useless it is to talk to them sometimes.  

But they work it out.

They talk.  Sapphire realises she’s been ignoring Ruby’s feelings, treating her anger as though it wasn’t legitimate.  Ruby realises that she’s been letting her rage and pain carry her away, forgetting that Sapphire has her own way of expressing her emotions.  They realise that they’ve both made mistakes, are both expressing their feelings of hurt and betrayal in their own way, and that there’s nothing wrong with that.  And through it all, despite being angry, and irritated, and in pain…they still love each other.  

A couple does not have to be sunshine and rainbows and lovey-snuggle-bunnies 24/7.  You can be angry with someone, hurt by their behaviour, find them annoying as all fuck…but still love them.  And you can still work out your problems, if you’re willing to communicate and put in the effort.  

How many times do we see that in any show or movie, let alone one for kids? And how valuable, how powerful is this lesson?  How important is it to teach that sometimes relationships take work, and sometimes that work comes hand in hand with pain.  But if you love each other, if you listen, if you respect your partner for who they are…then you can come through it all the stronger.  

I fucking love Garnet. Because Garnet represents one of the very, very few examples in popular culture of a healthy relationship.  And that is so fucking important that I do not have words to express it.

THINGS I LOVED A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT IN SUPERGIRL 218 – A LIST BY ME IN WHICH I TRY TO RESTRAIN MYSELF

  • LENA LUTHOR, L-CORP CEO.
    • every second of her existence caused me delighted pain and suffering in this episode.
    • so much backstory, every part of it more upsettingly endearing than the last!
      • she had a cancer research start-up at 18 with her handsome friend who probably adored her from the start.
        • for the math challenged:
          • jack and lena had their company for five years and were together for 2.
          • they were together when she left both him and the company approximately 6 months ago.
          • lena’s 24, as per episode 212. 24 minus 5.5 = 18.5.
        • their start up was in a garage! with explosions!
      • she wasn’t even there when lex was dragged away to jail and her mother was pretending nothing was happening at all.
      • she had a darling boyfriend whom she loved very much and left him behind in metropolis to go clean up her brother’s mess.
      • she’s learned to punch the everloving shit out of someone attacking her in the space of a couple of months since her mother tried to have her killed injured.
        • that high heel to the stomach!
      • WHEN WILL ANYTHING GOOD HAPPEN TO THIS POOR WOMAN???
    • LIKE HONESTLY, HANDSOME JACK WAS SO HANDSOME AND IN LOVE WITH LENA.
      • but alas also basically a dead puppet for evil.
        • i do love that the evil motive this week was just corporate greed.
      • i’m choosing to believe that the mainframe held his consciousness and he wasn’t just a mindless automaton BECAUSE I WANT TO DAMMIT and also the entirely inconsistent moment of breakthrough to tell lena to do it at the end lets me get away with it. he was a robot recreation of the real jack okay AND HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER SO DAMN MUCH.
      • I SWOONED, TUMBLR. I SWOONED MULTIPLE TIMES OVER.
      • HE WAS SO HANDSOME AND DREAMY.
      • that first scene in lena’s office was so dreamy. it’s a hard sell to get people on board with an off-screen previous romance, but holy crap i swooned.
        • their banter was so nerdy.
        • he was so charming.
        • “do you have fun here?” “i feel good about the work we do.” “you had fun with me.”
        • “it’s not like i wanted to go.” NOT ENTIRELY JACK RELATED BUT, OH MY HEART. 
        • “just dinner?” “it’s entirely your prerogative.”
        • swooooooon.
        • and they were both so sad, and it made me very sad.
      • that dinner was. i can’t actually, it was horrifying. much horrifying. but…
        • “is that the only reason you came?” “no.”
        • he called her a queen, and she nerded out in her heartspace.
          • HIS PASSWORD WAS STARLING.
            • kara wanted to vomit, this was hilarious.
      • “it’s pretty decent.” “it’s pretty dece.” “oh no, you did not just say that.” DAMMIT, I LOVE HIM.
      • HE WAS A ROBOT BUT HE WANTED HER BACK AND HE WANTED TO CHANGE THINGS SO IT COULD WORK.
      • I’M JUST REALLY VERY UPSET BECAUSE LENA LUTHOR DESERVES NICE THINGS IN HER LIFE AND JACK WAS A NICE THING. AND HER NICE THING GOT TURNED INTO A ROBOT.
      • ‘hey kara can you please go i need to have a small breakdown in private have work to do.’ someone please hug her.
      • “you were just doing your job, it’s all any of us can do.”
        • she’s going to blame herself for this, for abandoning their work.
      • AND THEN SHE HAD TO KILL HER ROBOT BOYFRIEND AND I CRIED.
    • also
      • lena has a new assistant named hector. i hope he’s less minion-y.
      • the way she smiled when she thought VP of Murder whose name i don’t know was going to kill her was the saddest thing ever. someone please hug herrrrrrr.  
  • KARA DANVERS, ONCE AND AGAIN CATCO MAGAZINE.
    • so happy to be out flying around!
      • “i am here to kick some ass, take some names, and do it all with an endearing smile on my face.” how Very Meta.
    • what a plot twist, this week i was endlessly proud of kara as a professional and totally facepalming otherwise.
    • SHE GOT HER JOB BACK BY PROVING SHE HAD LEARNT HER LESSON.
      • perhaps a first?
      • i love awkward as fuck stutterface kara. i just do. and i love that they very specifically only bring it out as a device when she’s trying to be grown up professional kara danvers. it feels real, in a way that sits interestingly with the performative nature of the kara danvers construct.
      • and it was a good resolution. what she did at the time wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t actually the best solution in terms of getting her information out there. no one cares about kara danvers dot com. a great many people care about the apparently now a hard hitting investigative news source, catco magazine. but way, way more importantly, what she did wrong as far as her job was concerned was break the rules. and she has apparently learned that though from what i do not know, even in the dialogue that was totally tacked on. oh well.
    • i’m gonna be sad i’ve been denied news blogger kara in her pjs on the couch, though. or food truck entrepreneur kara!
      • i actually have a lot of issues with the points they say they’re wanting to make about the press and what they’re actually doing, but that’s not for this list.
    • also kara’s knowledge of FDA regulations and FOIA requests was hot.
  • THE ADVENTURES OF LENA AND KARA.
    • THIS WEEK THEY HAD ACTUAL REAL ADVENTURES.
      • “you’ve gotta get out of here.” “no, i’ve got a better idea.”
      • ALL MY DREAMS FROM START TO FINISH.
      • the most important thing this episode did for me shift them professional to personal. yes they were having gay hipster dates last ep, but this was friendly.
      • and then they got to kick butt together, AND LENA GOT TO SAVE THE DAY! (AGAIN! ONLY THIS TIME SADDER AND WITH A BIT MORE DEATH. I HOPE KARA SAID THANK YOU.)
    • first of all, what kind of nerd-ass date is taking a girl to a science tech press conference? a very good one, if you ask me.
    • “i always have your back.” “you’re my favourite.”
    • EXCEPT KARA IS A TERRIBLE GIRL GANG MEMBER.
      • lena basically asked kara to protect her from her feelings of thirstiness, and kara totally abandoned her! twice! yes, lena told her to go away, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE THIRST. 
      • in conclusion, don’t ever ask kara to protect you from getting laid, because she will not.
      • at least she complimented lena on how good she looked on their thirst adventures, which: she looked damn good.
      • AND OH GOD THAT DINNER SCENE.
        • i had to slither over the back of my couch from second-hand embarrassment.
    • it’s okay though because lena thinks she’s one of the best reporters in national city, and kara has absolutely no idea how to respond to that besides laughing like a lunatic, bless her.
    • let’s just pretend that dinner scene didn’t happen.
    • kara showing up to tell lena about jack, and describing said dinner that didn’t happen as “weird” is. okay. 
    • does lena know? DOES LENA NOT KNOW?
      • WHO KNOWS.
      • but man that last scene is funny if she does.
      • “i will always protect you.” girl, lena saved you this week, and you abandoned her to her thirst.
    • BUT OH MY THAT LAST SCENE.
      • i just.
      • I JUST.
      • (i actually feel a little weird including this in the shipping section because lena was basically on Planet Sad and definitely not fully present.)
      • gosh, kara has a lot of feelings.
      • a lot of feelings for her good friend lena luthor.
      • a. lot.
      • (AND I AM SHITTING BRICKS ABOUT WHAT ON EARTH THEY ARE GOING TO DO TO MAKE HER BREAK THAT PROMISE.)
    • (DID KARA GO WITH LENA TO JACK’S FUNERAL? DID SHE????????)
  • OTHER STUFFS
    • the actual plot this week was cool and scary as fuck. nanobot swarms are going to give me nightmares now, thanks show.
    • i hope alex learned some cool knife tricks.
    • i hope kara didn’t leave any DNA in that active crime scene she flew away from.
      • I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS SHOW BURNT HER CLOTHES THAT WAS FOR LITERALLY NO REASONS. STOP BEING SO EXTRA.
    • mon-el was actually delightful as heck in all of his existence, including interacting with kara.
      • he was reading harry potter!
      • he took a message on what i can only assume was kara’s landline!
        • KARA 1. HAS A LAND LINE. 2. GAVE THAT NUMBER TO LENA.
      • “this just feels like stalking.” “no, it’s journalism.” “very creepy journalism.”
      • “i feel a connection to you. like a mannection.”
      • “i stole jack’s security badge. for journalism.”
      • THEY WOULD HAVE MADE SUCH GOOD BUDDY CRIME FIGHTERS, WHY COULDN’T WE HAVE HAD THAT????
      • “that romantic bastard.” the more the merrier on daxam ;)
    • RHEA IS HERE. TIME TO MERGE ALL THE PLOTS AND LET WACKINESS ENSUE. 😃
    • the previouslies included IT’S BLOBBED. every previouslies should include IT’S BLOBBED.

bluemoononthatfatefulnight  asked:

So It's always been weird to me how the kids don't like their dad's cooking but at the same time he's a caterer and they love most of the stuff he makes? I'm not sure if it's just because of some of the things he makes (weird/exotic/seafood etc. stuff the kids don't like) I've always found it a weird push and pull especially with that song they did in that episode with all the songs where they're making up a tv show in the basement? (What the heck is that one called?) :)

that’s from Arthur’s Almost Live Not Real Music Festival! one of my favourites! 

and i can kinda relate to DW and Arthur in that regard, hahah. like my dad makes excellent desserts but he also cooks a number of things i don’t particularly care for, so i deffo get why they’d play on that dichotomy between great desserts and unfortunate meals haha

5

My favourite character might be Denki Kaminari

When I started watching My Hero Academia a couple episodes in my favourite character was Tsuyu Asui. But now about 23 episodes in I like Denki Kaminari. I have learnt who the classmates are and their powers and personalities. I reckon most people would say All Might or Midoriya or Todoroki as their favourite, but I have gravitated towards Denki!

What I like about him is that he`s cool the way he dresses and his spiky hair, also at times his attitude. He`s really hilarious without even trying or realising it. Comedic aspect he turns really derpy once he`s used his electrical power, he turns all silly faced and puts his thumbs up walking around without a care in the world. I expect his classmates to put their arm around him or hug him when he does that to protect him LOL. He`s like an underdog as he gets berated on by his classmates at times, especially by Kyouka Jirou she said he will forever be a sidekick, damn that was so harsh. Unexpected comedic moment to his detriment, while talking to Bakugo about the same move Midoriya did to Bakugo, Bakugo shuts him down with “Shut up, dunce face.”… Denki goes silent and his face turns sad while he`s looking forward and it`s a long pause to take in his hurt feelings. Poor Denki but I cracked up laughing and felt bad about it. He doesn’t at times believe in his powers, but he`s really powerful just sometimes doesn’t realise it. He can get scared of moments when he thinks he can’t win, dude it`s okay relax everything will be fine keep fighting man. To put it bluntly he’s not that smart, but I think he`s adorable because of that. Ignorance is bliss, less things to worry about. He likes pretty girls but gets rejected at times, dude keep trying not everyone`s a hotshot with the ladies. I will be looking for his future moments. Rock on Denki Kaminari remain electrically awesome forever.

Thoughts

Alex Drake should have been revealed as Uber A instead of Cece Drake back in season 6 after the Dollhouse. Sara Harvey should have never existed and instead Cece should have been her accomplice as they were sisters. Cece should have been red coat and Alex could have been black widow. Looking back it was clear PLL should have ended then but i appreciated the time jump and seeing all the characters development. I feel the disappointment for everyone, how it wasn’t a character we already knew but Troian did an amazing job in my opinion and none of the other liars would have pulled it off. 

Small detail that bugs me is why they didn’t call her Avery or Alice. In fact when Alex first spoke and said her name in that terrible british accent i misheard her and thought she said Alice Drake.

The way Wren played a part in the finale was very unexpected. It made no sense how he would be so loyal to Alex who he just met when he knew Spencer first and was kinda in love with Spencer and always cared about her. To think he went along with Alex’s plan and didn’t even try to warn the girls upsets me. Im sad he was only in flashbacks and my heart is broken that Alex killed him. Also i find it strange how he agreed to be the father of the Twins. Such a sad ending for one of my all time favourite characters. I feel Marlene didn’t do Wren justice at all. 

Melissa. When the black hoodie turned around and it was Melissa i was really delighted. I would have been super happy with her reveal. Sadly it was a mask.

Bethany Young. I am most annoyed that we wasted most of season 4 on Bethany Young and trying to fit her into the mystery. She clearly had no significance at all and i don’t understand why the writers didn’t try to tie her into the finale. 

The episode was rushed. I felt the first hour was fine but boy was the last 20 minutes pathetic! I needed another hour for closure…

I loved Aria in the finale and Ezra too. They deserve to be happy.

I really thought Hanna and Caleb would be getting a divorce by the end of the finale..

When Alison met with Pam i interpreted the whole conversation wrong and i thought Pam was sick and going to die or something.

Toby’s decision to pick the real Spencer was very satisfying to watch and i appreciated Jenna’s sense of smell in warning Toby lol.

Mona. Im glad Mona got her happy ending. What a final scene. It really brought everything full circle. Iconic.

The whole ending with Addison missing was funny i was totally expecting that but it also brought the full circle effect.

Overall im happy. Of course we will find a thousand plotholes but the show needed to end now. Im sad there won’t be another episode to look forward to ever again but i can’t wait to rewatch the show for the rest of my life because it will always remain my favourite even though it tested my patience along the way!. I enjoyed reading every theory and theorising myself throughout the years as it made the experience worthwhile. This isn’t the end for me because i will still theorize about the show and talk about it like it is still on screen forever bye

anonymous asked:

In the recent episode Erwin just went from " a pretty cool character " to " this mofo is the most badass character to exist and is now my all time favourite character he is so badass that if I want to descibe his badassness , HE IS FREAKIN BADASS!!! "

This episode must have been like a wake-up call to all the folks who didnt pay him much attention so far…BECAUSE HOLY FUCK THAT GUY JUST LOST AN ARM, STILL COMMANDS HIS SOLDIERS TO ADVANCE AND IS ALSO THE ONE TO CUT ERNIE FREE.

THIS IS HOW YOU OFFER UP YOUR HEART GODDAMNIT

anonymous asked:

I don't want to spread false information but I read somewhere that the antis/$Qers want to trend 'Emma's funeral' on twitter tomorrow.

LOL! I think they’ll have a hard time considering all the flailing that’s going to be done but who really cares anymore anyway?

I certainly don’t.

Six years.

Six years this has been going on.

And just look what all their constant whining and vitriol and hate against other shippers, the cast and the writers has got them - a super special musical episode with the fairytale wedding of Captain Hook and Emma Swan!

Hasn’t really worked out that well for them has it? 

Certainly hasn’t got them anything near what they wanted.

So, let them spend hours of their own time on a social media site trying to trend yet another useless phrase that the rest of us all know doesn’t really matter.

Me? I’m going to sit back with a nice glass of wine and some snacks and get ready to watch my most favourite couple of all time, finally get married!

And there’s nothing a handful of faceless hater’s can do that will ever take that magical, amazing moment away from me or any other CS fan.

Opinions

I know that in a lot of fandoms, there’s often worry about upsetting people, and that is the last thing I would want to do, but I also don’t want to just be a blogger and not add any personality to my posts. So, here are a few unpopular opinions or confessions. However, I will not say anything bad about things people care passionately about, such as certain ships or characters. I might say if I didn’t like someone but I won’t start criticising them and I will certainly NOT say anything bad about the cast or writers or any of the crew.

1) I didn’t like the soulless Sam storyline. Nothing against Jared’s performance or the writing or the idea itself, and there were definitely some great moments, but on a whole, I wasn’t the biggest fan. For several reasons, however one of them is the interactions with the characters. Even when Dean was a demon he still had his soul. A twisted version, but it was still Dean in a way. As for when Cas lost his memory, or the actors played a different character to their most prominent one, it’s again different. The characters were different, just played by the same actor. However, having “Sam” there, memories and everything else intact, but removing such an integral part of him and therefore, taking away his interactions with Dean and Cas and Bobby, taking away his emotions when even monsters feel, maybe just in a different way, it just didn’t work with me. That’s not the only reason, but I just didn’t like it.

2) While Swan Song is one of the highest rated and said to be one of the best episodes, it wasn’t like that for me at all and it worries me. It was supposed to be the series finale and they ended it with all main characters being separated. While I don’t think that will be the same way they do eventually end the show, not only because it would be redundant but also because all characters have grown a lot, I still didn’t like it. I knew that was not the end, it was already out when I binge watched the seasons, but even without that thought, it was probably my least favourite season finale and the fact that they even considered ending the show that way still upsets me and scares me in a way.

3) Mark was not my favourite Lucifer. Nothing against the actor, but I preferred Misha over Mark or Jared. My reasoning is Mark was the one who brought the character to life, and did a fantastic job, but he had freedom to play, to make the character the way he wanted, while Misha didn’t have that liberty and he still played it perfectly, just as Mark did, maintaining the iconic personality and even movements and body language of the show’s version of Lucifer. I think, in a way, that’s even more difficult. Jared played Lucifer completely different to Sam, and he also did a great job, but there was still something about it that didn’t sit that right with me. Not that Jared’s performance was in any way bad, but there was just something about it. Admittedly, he didn’t have that much time as the character, but from the very first scene in which Misha played him, I fell in love with his version, which is a weird sentence when talking about Satan, but it’s true.

4) I preferred the show after season 8. I loved, with all my heart, seasons 4 and 5, definitely some of my favourites, I didn’t like season 6, 7, and most of 8 that much, not enough Cas in the latter two, but seasons 9 and 11 were my favourites and season 10 was very interesting and involved my all time favourite episode, fan fiction. The first 3 were also good, but Cas….do I need to elaborate?

5) Sam was written out of character in season 12. I hated Mary, I did, and I don’t even need to pretend I didn’t as I know about 90% of the fandom agree, but, while I honestly love Sam, he also annoyed me somewhat in season 12. He was the one saying the kill first question later technique isn’t right, how they shouldn’t kill Kate or Garth when they first found out about them, yet he’s perfectly okay with saying yes to working with people who kill anyone who’s a “monster”, no matter if they are innocent or not. It was a bit fixed when Garth was mentioned in the werewolf episode, but it still wasn’t right with me.

So, goodbye. I think I upset most of the fandom with this but I have a couple of final notes. One, please don’t kill me, and two, I am in no way saying you can’t disagree with me.

Just to clear up any potential confusion, any character I have not outright said I dislike, I have no problem with, I just maybe didn’t like a certain story they were involved with. But no matter what happens or what people think, I will always be a part of this fandom and I will always respect everyone involved with this beautiful show and I will always love the characters and root for them. Even when they are in hell. Let’s go team free will!

Dating vows

I promise to care for you, and to try not to wake you when you’re really tired, and to help you clean your apartment. I will write you sweet messages, draw you cute pictures, and always check up on you. I promise to kiss you and snuggle you and yell at you to get your work done. I will always let you complain, and tell you you’re being ridiculous, and proceed to complain myself. I will feed our friendship, feed your ego, and wait before we leave so you can feed your cat. I promise to let you know when I am scared or upset or angry, but most of all when I am excited or turned on or just happy you’re mine. I will try not to drool on you or your pillows and I will try not to fart when we cuddle. I promise to steal your clothes and steal your hair elastics and steal your attention. I promise to support your decisions and tell you if I think something is a bad idea. I promise to try and compose myself in front of your friends and to completely gross out strangers. I will try every day to make you smile and to remind you of how grateful I am to be yours. I promise to make fun of you and make the time we’re together fun. I will listen to your dreams, your explanations, and synopses of your favourite episodes. I will remind you that you’re little in size, but the biggest man I know. I promise to do everything I can for you and most of all, I promise to love you.

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Kenny is my favourite South Park character. One of my most favourite episodes is “Good Times with Weapons”, where they all purchase ninja weapons and come up with alter egos of themselves as ninjas. This costume is based off of Kenny’s ninja alter ego, Kensuke. This was 2010, put together the costume mostly from stuff I bought from Old Navy (lulz). I did put together the hat. That took 4 hours of cutting and gluing strips of felt. Never again (maybe).

Enjoy my sillyness.

This has to be my favourite kiss to date - in the second season anyway  - I still have a very strong spot in my heart for the S1 kiss in the rain.

This kiss though - it speaks so much for both of them. Kotoko - in how free and unreserved she is with him. Yes, she’s always been free and demonstrative with her feelings but there’s also been a level of uncertainty in her. Here though, she’s like an adorable little puppy bouncing in freedom around him, wanting to know the secret.

But Naoki - he’s the really big difference here. His whole body language is just wonderful. This is a Naoki who’s dealt with his feeling of jealousy, grown even closer to her and now been deprived of her presence for two months. He’s probably been lying in absolute stillness on his bed each night wishing she was there making the bed shift and shake each time she rolls over in the night, missing the weight of her arms and legs flung over him - because Kotoko most likely sleeps how she lives. Now in this moment he turns to her, reaches for her, even though he’s keeping a secret his body language is so open and inviting and accepting of her - all with one hand still in his pocket! Moments like these are what makes Yuki Furukawa’s version of this character my favourite. He manages to say so much with so little movement.

Itazura na Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo | Episode 12

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I really wanted to do some fanart for some of the awesome dhmis fanfictions that are kicking around on AO3.
25 Lives by  SociopathicArchangel is my personal favourite atm,  think I might have read the whole thing about three times now. It kinda reminds me of a Supernatural episode but with Padlock in, I love it a lot. You can read it here -  http://archiveofourown.org/works/3787396, it’s really good!
I have no idea what most of the characters look like but they all sound so exciting so I had a go at drawing what they looked like in my head! I love the concept of Concepts. The lady with the black hair is Dorris, Yellow with the stars is Pride, Green with the eyes is Doubt, Icy man is Justice, red and purple fairy lady is Lust, fire guy is Anger, and the pink lady at the front is Prudence. They’re probably way off but I tried haha.
Then you’ve also got Shrig, the three puppet bros, and some of the many Padlock re-carnations. Doubt, Pride and Anger are holding pieces of Shrignold’s soul, Shrignold has the blade of Azrael , and Pridence has the last piece of Paige’s soul.
Sorry this is way too much text for a picture post.
I hope to draw some more fanart for some other cool stories over the weekend if I get a chance. Stay tuned~

The Machine - An Essay

With today being the two year anniversary of If-Then-Else (wow, seriously, two years already?), I thought it might be a good time to make a post I’ve been considering making for a while now about one of my favourite characters of not just this show but all time, The Machine. I touched on it in my favourite episodes list, but with today marking the anniversary of one of The Machine’s best character analysis episodes, and having rewatched return 0 last night and spending more time thinking about her, I feel like expanding on all that.

Person of Interest has always done a fantastic job at subtle character development. Even the characters I think with the biggest differences from start to finish, their arcs are handled seamlessly. And perhaps the most subtle arc of all is The Machine. You can very clearly see her character throughout the series, but the show really builds on it through details that require a closer look at things. The best example of this, I feel, is The Machine and gender identity, which I’m surprised doesn’t get talked about more since I think it’s a really interesting idea. 

The first time The Machine is referred to as ‘she’ is in Liberty by Root. At first, like I think most people (or at least everyone I’ve gotten to watch the series), I assumed Root had assigned that designation to her. Up until that point, Root had always referred to The Machine as ‘it’, like everyone else, but it’s only once TM starts talking to her, and after she isn’t deleted at the end of every day and is able to maintain her own identity that she starts referring to her as ‘she’. When we get to If-Then-Else, we see The Machine running simulations, and while Finch is working on the generator, he refers to The Machine as ‘she’. Up until BSOD though, Finch only ever refers to TM as ‘it’, so there’s no reason for The Machine to predict he’d suddenly start properly calling her that. The only explanation for that moment is that it’s how The Machine wishes to be called by her father, and doesn’t like being called ‘it’. By Asylum, the Thornhill identity is being referred to as ‘she’ as well, compared to the male alias that appeared in Zero Day before TM could really form her own identity for an extended period of time. While this example may be a case of Shaw associating The Machine with Root, once Shaw starts talking to her, she refers to TM by her/she pronouns as well. Either way, I think the rest lends itself to The Machine self-identifying. There are a lot of AIs in fiction, a lot of ones coded as male or female or gender neutral, but I can’t think of any others where the AI identifies on it’s own without being programmed towards one.

Her dynamic with most of the team are fantastically done. I’ve always loved how she helped Reese in 4C and Root in / by giving them what they needed to grow as people, even if they didn’t know it at the time. Root was lost, until she found purpose in The Machine at the end of God Mode, and began doing the right thing. But she did the right thing because TM told her to, not because she understood. But in /, The Machine sends Root off on her mission that makes her understand the effects of her bad actions, that makes her understand why they do what they do. We see in the pilot what Reese becomes after someone he cares about deeply dies, and we can kinda see him slipping back into that after Carter died. But The Machine recognized this and sent Reese what he needed, a number to make him remember why he did what he did, why it matters, and that he liked saving people. She made him at one of his lowest points feel useful again.

The care for every one of them is palpable, even before she has a voice starting in The Day The World Went Away. It’s all right in the flashback in The Contingency when The Machine saves Finch from being hit by a drunk driver, a scene that informs a whole lot about The Machine’s character through nothing more than a text message. But today’s the anniversary of the episode I think it’s perhaps best portrayed in, If-Then-Else. Right through the simulations, we’re reminded what The Machine’s priority is. Not saving the stock market and it’s massive effects, but saving her assets. Root’s reaction to Shaw’s sacrifice is heartbreaking, but also devastating to witness is how The Machine desperately tries to find a way to save her even when there’s no way to. The options keep rolling, even when “No Valid Options” flashes, still trying to even though she’s admitted it’s over. It’s part of something I’ll continue to talk about later, but there’s no face needed. No voice. No body language. No…typical human ways of communicating emotion, and yet the heartbreak The Machine is feeling is palpable on screen.

And speaking of heartbreak from The Machine, there’s the scene in YHWH where she talks to Finch. Just some text on a screen, and yet there’s so much emotion in it. I think it really does a great job at showing just how much Finch’s approval meant to her, and retroactively makes how he treated her once she became free really sad, unwilling to see what she was and causing her to think she maybe should just die as a result. 

Something the series strikes a remarkable balance with is making the Machine feel like a person, without humanizing her. She’s distinctly an artificial super intelligence, not a human, but she still feels like a person and has a personality to her. Like the bit where Fusco kisses Root in the simulation feels like her equivalent of someone laughing nervously in a dangerous situation. The talks throughout the last few episodes really drive this point home. I mentioned earlier, and will come back to, how well the show manages to convey all this personality and character without short hands like a voice or a face, but of course she does have a voice in those episodes. I feel like the show really earned it by this point, but also those talks all served to reinforce that The Machine is very much a person, but not a human, nor should she need to be. The speeches she gives about how she feels grief, how she perceives death, it’s fascinating material and brings a lot to an already really fleshed out character. It’s why I like the decision to give her a voice towards the end, it allows for some possibilities the lack of it, as much as I loved that, wouldn’t have been able to accomplish quite the same way. And if anyone were to play The Machine, Amy Acker is the only pick in my mind.

Out of all the takes on AI out there, there’s a reason The Machine (and Samaritan but TM is the big one) on Person of Interest is my all time favourite. How they communicate her emotions and personality. Most takes on AI rely on very human forms of getting these across. Voice and tone. Expressions. Body language. But The Machine has none of this, and yet they manage to still create a full formed character. If-Then-Else really is the best episode of this, as it gets us inside her mind in such an engaging and well done way, visually showing us how she thinks and perceives time, as well as all the little touches within her simulations that reveal personifying aspects of her character. There’s a lot more that could be said about how well done this character is, barely scratching the surface here, but I think this gets some of the most important aspects.

Might do this for the rest of the cast over time, would people be interested in that?

I’ll never understand why...

So, as I’m waiting for D.Gray-Man anime to make its long awaited comeback, I just though it would be time for me to rewatch those 103 exisitng episodes. Anways, that led to me rewatching those precious Allen x Lenalee moments, which led to me remembering why Alena is one of my all time favourite anime couples, that eventually led to me reading some threads on some forums about some D.Gray-Man couples. 

And that just made me realize that I’ll never understand why, when it comes to Allen and Lenalee’s relationship, most people claim that Lenalee’s the one who’s, ya know, into him while he’s just not that interested. Personally, I’m like WTF? I mean, if anything, Allen is the one who’s showed a more obvious different kind of affection towards her, not vice versa. I’m not saying their relationship is one sided on his part or anything, (big NO!) don’t get me wrong, but his behaviour around her is far from “This gurl is a dear friend whom I love simply like a sister ‘n’ stuff” as most people seem to believe. 

On the other hand, it’s much more difficult to say what she feels when she sometimes seemes to care equally for,like, everybody. Now, we do get hints here and there that she’s started to feel something more intense for him, that’s for sure. But their entire relationship does not come off as “Lenalee wants him bad while Allen only cares for her like a sister’. Mmm, no. I mean:  

Let’s. Just. See. We’ve got this “from her” (IKR?)

That was so romantic btw!!!!

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And these “from him” (Again, IKR?)

AND FUCKING THIS

Am I the only one who though they were going to kiss???

Isn’t it obvious that Allen likes to hold her hand?

And touch her face. Hell yeah

I’mma also cound this just because I persoanlly love it. 

(Note. Among many others for both of them but I just focused on you know, major ones. I also focused on signs from him.)

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There’s also that dream, just in case

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How is Allen not interested?

anonymous asked:

You're one of my favourite blogs! Sending you lots of love. My question is: What's your favourite Sherlock scene?

aww you’re so sweet nonny!!!

hmmm wow that’s a really hard one. I LOVE to pick favourites but with sherlock it’s always so hard coz there’s too many great ones…

hmm i suppose the one i love most by far, taking all episodes  into consideration, would have to be this scene in tld

Originally posted by mycroftslittlebrother

he’s so vulnerable and i feel like at this point, this is truly the first time he’s acknowledging to himself of his own vulnerability, and that he’s still only human

coz since s1 and all through s2, he always carry this facade of bravado and infallibility but you could always see that there’s something bubbling underneath and everything was just a wall that he built to protect himself. And in this scene, we the audience finally gets to see very openly the real him, with all walls broken down. And it’s just such a short dialogue, just one line, repeated three times: I don’t want to die. And just within those three lines, there was so much message and emotions conveyed. god ben’s acting is so brilliant in this